Monday, February 21, 2011

Meringue Surprise Cookies

These delightful little numbers are one of my kids' favorite cookies.  We only make them about once a year- so they're sometimes fought over.  Yes, fought over. 
Not too filling and interesting enough to share with guests, I think you'll enjoy these!

Here's what you'll need:
6 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1  1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups mini M&Ms or mini chocolate chips (we use the M&M's)

Directions: (you can halve this recipe- I usually make around 4 dozen)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Grease cookie sheets.
Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
Gradually add the sugar, beating on high speed.  Add the vanilla and salt and continue to beat  until stiff peaks form and sugar is completely dissolved- about 5-8 minutes.  

With a metal spoon, fold in mini M&M's or chocolate chips.
(Optional- add 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts)

Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet.  
Bake @ 300 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until light golden brown.

Cool thoroughly and store in an airtight container.
(Makes 4 dozen)


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